An Airman's Odyssey: An Air Force Memoir

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AuthorHouse, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 170 pages
Like Homer's Odyssey, An Airman's Odyssey tells the incredible story of a twenty-one year journey highlighted by one amazing adventure after another. The story you are about to read will take you on a fifty thousand mile journey from the East Coast of the United States to the West, across the largest ocean in the world five times, to a tropical island barely big enough to land a plane on. It will transport you deep inside a military program larger and more secret than any since the Manhattan Project, then to the foot of an erupting volcano, the second largest volcanic eruption of the twentieth century. This is the story of invisible laser beams fired from jet airplanes at targets on the ground several miles away. It's also the story of senators and generals, FBI agents working with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations to prevent a major compromise of classified information, and of losing a friend, killed in the line of duty. It is a story of the love of family, and a deep appreciation for country. It's a voyage of self-discovery, and of going home, none of which would be possible without divine intervention at every critical turn. Just as when the gods intervened for and against Odysseus, the forces of fortune and adversity can be clearly seen in An Airman's Odyssey; but unlike Homer's Odyssey, this is no work of fiction. The stories are real, and the divine intervention is focused and purposeful, not cunning and divisive. It will take the reader, as it did the author, on a wonderful journey across the spectrum of human emotions, from laughter to tears, suspense to a sense of relief, as well as adventure and intrigue. So sit down, relax, and hang on, the journey is about to begin...

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About the author (2009)

The author is a retired Air Force aircraft electronics technician who served on active duty for twenty-one years. He was hand picked to be part of a classified, high priority government program from 1984 to 1988 to help field cutting-edge stealth technology. In 1991 he was among the thousands of active duty military, civilians, and dependents evacuated from Clark Air Base in the Philippines prior to the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. Four years later he was assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base as an aircraft electronics instructor. While at Sheppard he was selected to be part of a team of four instructors charged with writing, developing and teaching advanced aircraft electronics to an initial cadre of foreign military engineers.

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